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Visionaries 21 : Holographic Perspective

Year: 2013, 20 mins
Code: MAM-Holog
ISBN: 978-1-922007-54-4

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Artist Martina Mrongovius takes us through her work with holography. Using a medium that is often associated with security imaging and science fiction Martina describes how holograms influence her creative practice. Unlike conventional still-life holography, Martina’s holographic compositions experiment with optically stenciling together multiple recordings to create spatially animated scenes.

The installations of holograms that Martina has created around the world, entice viewers to move around the space to reveal the animated scenes. As the holographic perspective is animated by the viewer’s own movement the images trigger a proprioceptive spatial experience of the recorded scene.

This documentary follows Martina into the lab and through a number of her exhibitions to reveal how she uses the holographic medium to narrate an urban perspective. While offering a rare glimpse into the process of creating holographic imagery, Martina’s installations also bring up broader issues relating to how visual media shapes perception.

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Martina Mrongovius creates spatially animated holographic scenes. The holographic scenes are made by optically stenciling models, photographs and video, to capture the intertwined dynamics of an urban gaze. Her installations of these holograms investigates the emergent psychophysical experience of multiple and moving perspectives.

Each of Mrongovius’ major solo exhibitions have presented conceptual experiments with holography.
Hover…’ (2004 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne) transformed a gallery with large mechanical contraptions that scanned holograms to laser project stop-motion animations. As an honours thesis in Applied Physics the ‘Hover…’ project was the outcome of holographic image projection geometry research. Her next major series ‘Into the Holographic Landscape’ mapped sequences of photographs into dynamic urban scenes (Center for the Holographic Arts, New York 2006). While the ‘We’re all looking’ project (2007) explored how multiple perspectives from a group of photographers could be choreographed into holographic scenes to reveal a diagrammatic sense of place (Bus gallery, Melbourne 2008).

The role of the camera and hologram shaping perspective became the focus of her practice with the exhibition ‘Explorations of the Holographic Gaze’ (Gallery 175, Seoul 2010). The presented holograms linked and transformed the movement of the viewer to suggest an inhabitation of the photographer’s perspective. While shadows, reflections and parts of the photographer’s body shown in the holographic scenes were used to establish to a sense of visual presence. The shaping of visuo-spatial experience through these holograms developed into a doctoral thesis and exhibition ‘The Emergent Holographic Scene’ (Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT University / PostX gallery, Ghent, 2011).

As well as creating exhibitions Mrongovius uses holographic images to document the multi-perspective experience of art-events and expeditions. Collaborating with artists and groups, namely - Banditfox, Flux Factory, Swimming Cities and Brooklyn Pirates - Mrongovius’ art practice encourages people to explore the perceptual experience of place. These projects have included: a quantum physics inspired comic book adventure game the wave collapses created with her sister Alice for the 2006 Next Wave Festival in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games and a 5 screen video installation Navigating the Ocean of Blood to document the Swimming Cities art raft project on the Ganges River in 2011.

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